FHA 203k Kentucky FHA Loan Guidelines
Frequently asked Questions and Answers on FHA 203k Rehab loans for Kentucky
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- Q: What is the difference between the streamline 203k and the regular 203k?
a: The streamline 203k has a cap of $35,000 including fees, with no minimum repair cost. It is designed as a “refurbish and rehab” loan for borrowers to finance non-structural and cosmetic repairs only. The full 203k may be used for structural repairs and room additions as well.
- Q: Can the $35,000 cap on repairs be exceeded by soft costs?
a: No – the streamline 203k caps at $35,000 including all costs.
- Q: Define soft costs?
a: Soft costs are the closing costs associated with the 203k loan – they include up to 2 inspection fees (approx $150/each), and appraisers compliance inspection report (approx $125) a supplemental origination fee (the greater of $350 or 1.5% of the rehab costs, and a contingency reserve of 10% – to be determined by the Underwriter).
- Q: Can the borrower bring in cash for repairs that exceed the maximum $35,000 cap?
a: No – if the rehab amount exceeds $35,000 including costs, the loan is not eligible for the streamline 203k – the borrower may not bring in funds that exceed
- Q: What are the down payment requirements on the streamline 203k?
a: Standard FHA – Maximum LTV is 96.5% for purchases and 97.75% for Rate & Term Refinances
- Q: How do you calculate the loan amount on the streamline 203k for purchases and refinances?
a: Purchases- Use the lesser of the “As-Is” value provided by the appraiser, or the sales price of the property – add the cost of the rehab and soft costs – deduct any seller concessions that exceed 6% – compare this to the “As-Improved” value per the appraisal x 110%. The maximum loan amount will be based on the lesser of the 2 calculations. Apply the standard FHA LTV calculation of 96.5%.
a: Refinances – Use the lesser of the “As-Is” value provided by the appraiser, or the current Mortgage balance – add the cost of the rehab, soft costs and allowable borrower closing costs – compare this to the “As-Improved” value per the appraisal x 110% The maximum loan amount will be based on the lesser of the 2 calculations. Apply the standard FHA LTV calculation of 97.75%.
- Q: Can the borrower receive any cash out on this program?
a: No – the streamline 203k loan is for Purchase and Rate & Term
- Q: Can the borrower be reimbursed for any funds spent prior to closing the loan?
a: No –
- Q: What types of properties qualify under this program?
a: SFR’s, condos, PUD’s and 2-4 units.
- Q: Is this allowed for new construction properties?
a: No the property must be existing at least 1 year old to be eligible for the streamline 203k.
- Q: Is there any additional Underwriting time required for this program?
a: Normal Underwriting turn times plus 72 hours additional for a 2nd level review of the 203k paperwork will be required.
- Q: Can this loan be used with the FHA high balance loan?
- Q: Can this program be used with Down payment assistance programs?
a: Yes – but the DAP must be prior approved by Plaza and their investor
- Q: Can this loan be used for someone with a non occupying co borrower?
a: Yes – the credit piece of this loan is the same as an FHA 203b – standard FHA qualifying.
- Q. Can this program be used for investors?
a: No – this is an owner occupied only program. Not allowed for investment properties or 2nd homes.
- Q: Can an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) be used in conjunction with the streamline 203k program?
a: Yes the EEM may be used in addition to the $35,000 streamline 203k, the borrowers may finance up to $8000 in approved EEM items (Energy Star appliances, dual pane windows, insulation, etc) on top of the $35,000 allowed for the streamline 203k – for a total of $43,000.
17. Q: Can this loan be used in conjunction with the HUD REO program?
a: Yes – but the use of the streamline 203k must be pre-approved by HUD to be used with their REO program.
18. Q: Is there special verbiage required on the purchase contract for the streamline 203k?
a: No the streamline 203k is not typically part of the purchase contract although it does require the property be available for the inspections to complete the bids for the work to be completed. It is necessary on a purchase that the seller be cooperative with access to the property.
19. Q: Are there any extra fees associated with the streamline 203k?
a: Only the soft costs – which will be approximately $800 – $1,000 plus the contingency reserve.
20. Q: How long does the borrower have to complete the work?
a: The work must begin within 30 days of the loan closing, and be completed no later than 6 months from loan closing.
21. Q:Does the borrower have to occupy during the entire time of the rehab?
a: The borrower can not be displaced from the property for more than 30 days during the allowable 6 month rehab time
22. Q. If the repairs do not allow the borrower to be in the property for 30 days – can the Mortgage payments for the month they are displaced be included in the loan amount:
a: No the streamline 203k does not allow the financing of Mortgage payments –
23. Q: How many draws are there on the streamline 203k and who provides them?
a: There are 2 draws. The first is distributed at 50% of the total rehab costs within 30 days of the loan closing – once the loan is purchased by the servicing lender. The servicing lender will disburse 50% up front, and the remaining 50% once all the work is completed – regardless of how many bids – each will be disbursed in 50% increments
24.Q: How do the borrowers get the draws?
a: The draw will be distributed in 2 parts – 50% of all the bids will be disbursed within 30 days of closing and the remaining 50% will be disbursed after all the work is completed if the borrower is using a contractor – the funds will be disbursed in a 2 party check made out to the borrower and the contractor jointly. The contractor will complete and sign a W9 form prior to docs. It is important for all parties involved to understand that regardless of when their portion of the work is completed – no contractors on the job will receive the 2nd half of the draw until after ALL work on the property is completed and a final inspection is obtained by the servicing lender
25. Q: Can the borrower do their own repairs on the streamline 203k?
a: Only if the borrower is qualified (works in the construction trades, is a licensed contractor, etc) and completes the self help forms .
26.Q: For self help borrowers- would bids be required?
a: Yes – for any materials or outside sub contractors that will be used. The loan amount can not be determined without written bids.
27 Q: Would a borrower that has a history of owning and managing rental units be eligible to do self help?
a: Not necessarily – to be eligible for self help the borrower must be able to document their ability to make the repairs – a do it yourself borrower or someone who spends a lot of time at Home Depot would not be eligible based on that alone.
28.Q What are the requirements for a contractor?
a: Contractors must be licensed and bonded. The contractor will be required to complete a W9 prior to closing..
29. Q: Is a consultant required on the streamline 203k?
a: No – a consultant is not needed because the extent of the work on the streamline 203k is meant to be minor rehab – not room additions
30.Q: Is there a contingency reserve required and what is it for?
a: A 10% contingency reserve will be required anytime there will be actual construction being done to the property, to cover any cost over-runs on the repairs.
31.Q: What happens to any leftover funds after the repairs are complete?
a: Any excess funds after the work is completed will be applied to the principal balance
32.Q: Can this program be used for Mold abatement or termite repairs or asbestos removal?
a: Yes – we have recently confirmed that the program will allow non structural mold abatement, termite repair work (including tenting) and the removal of asbestos provided it is done by a licensed expert.
33 Q: Is flooring allowed to be included in the program:
A: Finish flooring is allowed, however the repair of sub-floors is not because it is considered structural
34. Q: Can the borrower do plumbing and electrical work with this program?
a: Yes – the program can be used for any non-structural repairs – the borrower can upgrade a kitchen or bath, including all fixtures and plumbing, cabinetry, etc.
35. Q: Can the program be used to make improvements for handicapped persons?
a: Yes. Including lowering cabinet height, building ramps for accessibility or widening doorways.
36. Q: Can Well & Septic repairs be done, or can the borrower use this program to connect the property to public water and sewer if available per FHA guidelines.
a: Yes – the program may be used to repair or replace existing Wells and Septic Systems. And the program can be used to permanently connect to public water and sewer- if available –in compliance with FHA guidelines
37. Q: Can this program be used to purchase appliances?
a: Yes – New Appliances only. They may be free standing (such as stoves or refrigerators, washer & dryer) or built in.
38. Q: Can this program be used to repair or build a swimming pool?
a: No- Swimming Pools are considered luxury items, and the construction or repair may not be included in the Streamline 203k
39. Q: Can the program be used for decks, patios and driveways and sidewalks?
a. Decks and Patios are allowed with this program – however the building or rebuilding of a driveway or sidewalk is not.
40. Q: What are some additional items that can be included on the streamline 203k – that may not be on the list of eligible repairs?
a. In addition to the items mentioned above – the borrower may include items such as Water softeners, humidifiers, ceiling fans, air conditioning units – all permanently affixed.
FHA 203k Kentucky FHA Loan Guidelines (203k FHA Loan) Kentucky